Effortless Effort – In Gita Verse 15.11 The endeavoring transcendentalists who are situated in self-realization can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try.

When Krishna says – endeavoring transcendentalists – he means the person who has his own light.

In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.5, blog I wrote, These were the last words of Gautam the Buddha, his parting message to his disciples: “Be a light unto yourself.” But when he says, “Be a light unto yourself,” he does not mean become a light unto yourself. There is a great difference between being and becoming.

Be a light unto yourself. Don’t live on borrowed light: A man of enlightenment is so full of love, so full of joy, that he shares it. Sharing comes to him without any effort – it is not an effort, it is not an action. That’s why people like Lao Tzu say “actionless action,” and “effortless effort.”

But people like Ta Hui cannot understand that. To them, “effortless effort” and “actionless action” will look like illogical, absurd statements. How can there be an actionless action? How can there be effort without any effort? But I know that once you are awakened, you don’t do anything – everything starts happening. It is just a spontaneous outpouring, just as roses come on rose bushes, without any effort.

Love and compassion, good and beauty, grace and blessings, simply go on and on coming out of the overfullness. Just as a raincloud showers without any effort, an awakened man showers also without any effort. And the beauty of no-effort – and yet tremendous happenings – is so majestic. It is the ultimate splendor in existence.

Gautam Buddha has said… For forty-two years continuously he was speaking, and at the end he said, “I have not spoken a single word.” And he is right, because he has not made any effort to speak. It was just a raincloud showering, it was a rose bush bringing roses with no effort, with no action. Buddha had to speak because he was so overfull. All that poetry, all that music, all that came out of him was simply spontaneous.

A moralist makes efforts; he tries to do good, he avoids doing bad. His whole life is continuously “Do this,” or “Don’t do that.” He is always split, and he is always worried about whether what he is doing is right… is it really right? Or, who knows? – It may not be right. The moralist acts out of confusion. He depends on others who themselves may have been confused.

The last words of Gautam Buddha on the earth were, “Be a light unto yourself. Don’t be bothered about what others say, don’t be bothered about traditions, orthodoxies, religions, moralities. Just be a light unto yourself.”

Just a small light is enough, and you can go on with that small light for ten thousand miles without any difficulty. Your light may be falling only four feet ahead of you – just go on moving. As you move, the light will be moving ahead, and if you can see four feet ahead, that’s enough. You can go as far as you want. You can go on an eternal pilgrimage with just a small light of your own.

Don’t live on borrowed light.

Don’t live on borrowed eyes.

Don’t live on borrowed concepts.

That’s what meditation is all about. Through meditation one discovers one’s own light. That light you can call your soul, your self, your God – whatsoever word you choose – or you can remain just silent because it has no name. It is a nameless experience, tremendously beautiful, ecstatic, utterly silent, but it gives you the taste of eternity, of timelessness, of something beyond death.

Krishna says live according to your own light, and your life will be, each and every moment, a greater joy, a greater blissfulness, a greater ecstasy.


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